Even the lawmakers of the ruling Party are crying horse against the anti-farmers policy of this government which was evident from the latest Economic Survey of Pakistan that projected the decline in the growth of the agriculture sector during the first year of this government.
This was state by Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo while talking to a delegation of farmers from Shaikhupura district here today.
He pointed out that the growth in the agriculture sector was lower during the financial year, 2014-2015 than during the PPP led previous government’s last financial year.
He said that due to the anti-farmer policies of this government there was wide spread resentment against the present government of Punjab in the rural population that had been put in a tight corner as a result.
He cautioned that the farmer community’s patience was running out and they might resort to extreme steps like agitation on wider scale for the acceptance of their demands.
It is high time that the government should lend support to the community to pre-empt any untoward incident of big proportion creating serious law and order situation.
Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that the farmers of Pakistan were not against the import of agricultural produce from the neighbouring country India provided they were provided the facilities equal to their counterparts in India.
He pointed out that Indian farmers get free electricity for tube wells meant for irrigation, cheap diesel, highly subsidized fertilizer, tractors and pesticides whereas Pakistani farmers were facing the brunt of the withdrawal of limited subsidies under IMF pressure.
While presenting the justification for more attention to the agriculture sector, Mian Manzoor Ahmed Wattoo said that it was less capital intensive as compared to the other sectors and yet dividends were quick and extraordinary in terms of employment for the rural population.
Pakistan’s economy is agro-based and it is beyond comprehension even for a man of ordinary prudence as why this sector does not figure out in the development strategy of this government, he questioned.